Wednesday, June 11, 2014

What We're Reading :: Summer!

Elizabeth Goudge's Green Dolphin Street (had to return it half-way through, but now it's waiting at the library for me again)
Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South (rewatched the BBC series with my husband last week and decided that it was time to read it!)
Richard Headstrom's Adventures with a Hand Lens (previewing this to use with my two oldest next year)

With the children:
Elizabeth Enright's The Saturdays (just finished!)
Sidney Taylor's All-of-a-Kind Family (my girls in particular are so enchanted with this one)
Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, on audiobook read by BJ Harrison (really well done)
Howard Pyle's Robin Hood, on audiobook read by David Thorn (finishing up the last few chapters from our Year 2 studies--one of my son's very favorites)

Gianna, age 7:
Redwall, Redwall, and more Redwall! (she is racing through the series)
Fr. Francis' God Lives in Me (her Sunday reading)
Elizabeth Enright's Spiderweb for Two: A Melendy Maze (last of the sequels to The Saturdays--she keeps reciting bits of the clues to herself throughout the day)

Vincent, age 7:
Henry's Album of Horses (not sure what inspired the horse craze, but he and Xavier have been looking through this together daily)
Elizabeth Enright's The Four-Story Mistake (the first sequel to The Saturdays) 
D'Aulaires' Book of Trolls and Book of Norse Myths (much "playing Thor" going on here)
...and he's also Redwall-obsessed these days!

To the littles:
A Very Little Child's Book of Stories with Jessie Wilcox Smith's lovely illustrations (5yo Cate's current favorite)
17 Kings and 42 Elephants (4yo Xavier's current favorite, from his Easter basket)
Neumann Press' My Mass Book (2yo Bridget's current favorite--she loves to hold her dolly and and pretend she's a mommy at Mass)
Rockwell's Big Wheels (1yo Clara's current favorite--she is definitely a truck-loving little girl)

And in the mail:
And as usual, a couple boxes came in the mail this week with some fun treasures.  I think I might be a tad obsessed with online used book buying...


  1. You always seem to hit on at least a couple of my favorites. The Saturdays series and All of a Kind Family series are among my very favorite girlhood favorites...and North and South (book and movie) is one of my grown-up favorites. :)

    1. The sad thing is that I didn't read either of these series growing up--I was an avid reader as a kid, but it was almost all twaddle. Luckily, I'm getting to enjoy them now!

  2. What's your favorite site to buy used books from?

    1. Hi Amy, I belong to a couple yahoogroups for used book sales, cathswap being a particular favorite and where I get almost all of our religious titles. I also follow some instagram sellers--my favorite is dibbleanddash. But watch out, it can be addicting! ;)

  3. I really like the BBC movies series North and South. In fact, I have seen it a number of times. Finally, several months ago, I decided to read the book. :)

    1. You know, usually I am a book-before-the-move kind of gal, but we stumbled upon North and South years ago after watching some other BBC dramas and watched it even though I hadn't read the book yet, so I never bothered to pick it up until now. I'm glad I did, though--I am really enjoying the novel, and I'm finding through reading it that I am appreciating the miniseries version even more. I think they did a great job of staying true to Gaskell's words.

  4. I found that reading the book did help fill in some details. But I won't say anymore since you are still reading the book. ;)

  5. Is Come Hither illustrated? It looks lovely! Betty (under my daughter's google account)

    1. Hi Betty -- No, sadly Come Hither isn't illustrated. But it's still a lovely volume, especially since we really enjoy de la Mare!